New Report Explores Well-being Of Ethnic Clergy in CofE

A team led by Dr Selina Stone, Postdoctoral Researcher at Durham University,  recently published their research exploring the well-being of clergy from various ethnic groups. 

The findings of the qualitative research, entitled ‘If It Wasn’t For God’: A Report on the Well-being of Global Majority Clergy in the Church of England, will inform Living Ministry, a Church of England project which is exploring how clergy of all backgrounds can flourish in ministry.

Writing on her social media, Dr Stone stated:

There is much work to be done at all levels to support clergy. Findings show that, while some clergy of colour are thriving, too many are dealing with discrimination, racism and mistreatment. The toll on their well-being ranges from the subtle to the overwhelming. The report is being sent to all those with responsibility for pastoral care in the Church, and the recommendations are clear. May action follow the many words.

Dr Liz Graveling, who is overseeing the Living Ministry programme, said:

Dr Stone’s analysis provides a rich portrayal of the lived experience of UKME/GMH clergy and will give those with responsibility for clergy care and well-being much to reflect on. We are grateful to Clergy Support Trust for funding the research.

The report can be downloaded from www.churchofengland.org

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